Huskies Open LA Trip Visiting USC Thursday

Jan. 20, 2009

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GAME 16 - Thur., Jan. 22, 2009
Washington (5-10, 1-4 Pac-10) at USC (9-7, 3-2 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT • Galen Center • Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: none
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Following a brief two-game homestand, Washington women's basketball (5-10, 1-4 Pac-10) hits the road this week to take on the Los Angeles schools. UW will open the Southern California trip facing USC (9-7, 3-2 Pac-10) on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center. The Huskies will then head to Westwood to take on UCLA (12-4, 3-2 Pac-10) at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. Washington will aim to snap its four-game losing streak after back-to-back sweeps at the hands of the Oregon schools at home and the Bay Area schools on the road. The Huskies open the week tied for eighth place in the Pac-10 with Washington State, while the Bruins and Women of Troy are locked up in a tie for fifth. UW leads the all-time series with USC, 28-21, and split last year's season meetings with the Women of Troy. Following this week's road trip, Washington will return home to host four-straight Pac-10 games.

Radio Coverage:
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer, in his 10th season as the voice of UW women's hoops, will call the play-by-play from Los Angeles this week.

Internet Coverage: will feature live audio broadcasts of the games this week, as well as live scoring. Fans wishing to listen to the game must sign up for a Dawg Channel All-Access account.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will look to rebound from being swept at home by Oregon and Oregon State last weekend when it hits the road again. Since opening Pac-10 play with a 71-58 victory over Washington State, the Huskies have lost four-straight. UW's 1-4 conference start is its worst since a 1-5 start to conference action in 2003-04. Washington's first opponent on the SoCal swing will be USC. The Huskies and Women of Troy split their season meetings last year, each winning on their home floor. Washington continues to be led by the junior duo of forward/center Laura McLellan and guard/forward Sami Whitcomb. Each are averaging 10.5 points per game and the pair both averaged double-figures scoring in the last two games with Oregon and Oregon State. Whitcomb is coming off a 17-point performance versus the Beavers and 13 against Oregon. McLellan added 15 points against Oregon and 12 against Oregon State. She is also averaging 3.9 rebounds and shooting a team-high 48.6 percent from the field (ninth in the Pac-10). McLellan has a team-high 10 double-figure scoring games and has led the team in scoring on five occasions. Adding to Whitcomb's offensive play is her defensive play as well, as the Husky co-captain has a team-high 35 steals and she is tied for second in the Pac-10 with 2.3 swipes per game. Senior forward Heidi McNeill leads the team in rebounding with 4.2 boards per game, while sophomore point guard Sarah Morton, who has started 12 of 15 games, leads the team in assists with 38. The Huskies were happy to see freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma back on the floor in UW's last game against Oregon State. The standout rookie had missed the last three contests after suffering a high ankle sprain versus Washington State (Jan. 3). Kingma, who started every game before the injury, is slowly working her way back, grabbing two rebounds in seven minutes on the court against the Beavers. Another freshman who is making a name for herself is forward Liz Lay. After missing the first nine games of the year while continuing to rehab from knee surgery, Lay has played in the last six contests (starting two) and tallied career-bests of 11 points and six rebounds at Cal. The 11 points were a team-high from the rookie who was also making her first career start. Lay has led the team in rebounding in two of the six games in which she's played (Stanford, Oregon State). The Huskies are led by second-year head coach Tia Jackson. This year's squad returns seven players and one starter from last year's team that finished the season with a 13-18 record and placed sixth in the Pac-10 with an 8-10 league mark. Welcomed to the fold are eight newcomers including five freshmen, two junior college transfers and UCLA transfer Regina Rogers who will sit out the 2008-09 season due to NCAA rules. Of the Huskies' seven returners, five are upperclassmen led by the senior duo of senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo and McNeill.

SoCal Ties:
Washington has two Southern California natives on its roster in junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb (Ventura/Buena HS) and freshman foward Mollie Williams (Cerritos/Artesia HS). Husky head coach Tia Jackson also served as an assistant coach at UCLA for five seasons, from 2000-2005.

Scouting USC:
The Women of Troy are coming off a weekend split in the desert, defeating Arizona in overtime (77-71) before a loss at Arizona State (71-83). USC (9-7, 3-2 Pac-10) begins the week tied for fifth place in the Pac-10 with cross-town rival UCLA. USC's two other Pac-10 wins came at home against Oregon (66-56) and Oregon State (78-54). Four players are averaging points in double-figures: senior guard Camille LeNoir (11.8 ppg), freshman guard Briana Gilbreath (11.6), senior center Nadia Parker (10.2) and freshman guard Ashley Corral (10.1). USC has three players averaging five or more rebounds per game: junior forward Aarika Hughes (6.1 rpg), Parker (6.0) and Gilbreath (5.6). As a team, the Wome of Troy are averaging 74.2 points per game, while holding opponents to 68.1 ppg, and are outrebounding opponents by a 4.1 average margin (41.1-37.1). USC is led by fifth-year head coach Mark Trakh. The Huskies and Women of Troy had one common non-conference opponent this year - Pepperdine. UW and USC both defeated the Waves in Malibu. UW won, 67-53, on Dec. 3, while USC defeated Pepperdine, 69-55, on Nov. 24.

All-Time Series With USC:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with USC, 28-21, but the Women of Troy have won seven of the last 10 meetings dating back to the 2004-05 season. These teams split their meetings last year, with USC winning at the Galen Center, 68-52 (Feb. 8, 2008) and UW winning at Bank of America Arena, 60-45 (Jan. 13, 2008). UW trails the all-time series with USC when these squads meet in Los Angeles, 9-14. UW has lost its last two games with the Women of Troy in LA. The last Husky victory came on Feb. 9, 2006 (87-79).

Scouting UCLA:
The Bruins (12-4, 3-2 Pac-10), which host Washington State on Thursday, begin the week tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with USC. UCLA is coming off a similar split in the desert last weekend, falling at Arizona State (44-68) but winning at Arizona (48-38). UCLA is 3-3 in its last six games after opening the season 9-1. The Bruins' other Pac-10 wins came against Oregon State (60-53) and USC (87-75). The Huskies and Bruins also both faced Pepperdine during the non-conference slate, with UCLA defeating the waves 66-55 (UW defeated Pepperdine, 67-53). Sophomore guard Doreena Campbell leads the Bruins with 12.4 points per game, while senior center/forward Chinyere Ibekwe leads the squad in rebounding with 8.1 boards per game. The Bruins are averaging 70.6 points per game, while allowing just 60.9 points per game. UCLA is led by first-year head coach Nikki Caldwell.

All-Time Series With UCLA:
Washington leads the all-time series with UCLA, 26-20, but the Bruins have won the last three-straight and eight of the last 10. The Bruins swept the season series last year, winning 75-68 at Pauley Pavilion (Feb. 10) and 59-57 in Seattle (Jan. 10). The Huskies have struggled at Pauley the last few years, losing the last six-straight meetings in Westwood. The last UW win at Pauley Pavilion came on Feb. 3, 2002 (68-48). UW trails the all-time series with UCLA at Pauley, 11-12. The last win for Washington in the series came on Dec. 31, 2006 in Seattle (72-67).

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